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Monday Pebble Report: Errors kill

Good defense makes a winning team. Three teams committed errors in Rockies organization games yesterday; all lost.

Christian Petersen

Colorado Springs 3, Round Rock 1 (10 Innings)

Always fun to see low scoring PCL games. Chris Volstad continued his return to starting with a great outing, allowing no runs on four hits and two walks over five and two thirds. Nick Schmidt, still adjusting to the bullpen, allowed the only Round Rock run. Mike McClendon picked up his first win, while Logan Kensing notched his third save for the Sky Sox. Kensing has yet to allow an earned run. It won't surprise me if we see him up sometime this year in a Mike Ekstrom scenario.

Matt McBride led the offense with two runs batted in, Charlie Culberson both times. The two manufactured a fourth inning run as McBride doubled (the only Sky Sox extra base hit), the only run scored in regulation play. He and Ryan Wheeler each knocked in runs in the top of the 10th to get the Sky Sox their lead. Those three batters all had two hits on the day. Tyler Colvin walked twice in addition to a single. Ben Paulsen struggled with three strikeouts. Round Rock committed three errors in the same.

Tulsa 7, NW Arkansas 1

Kent Matthes knocked in three runs, including a double. Cristhian Adames doubled twice, while Jose Gonzalez hit his third home run of the year for another two runs. The Drillers scored two unearned runs, thanks to three NW Arkansas errors.

Christian Bergman picked up his third win, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks over seven innings. Josh Mueller and Cole White put up good outings, continuing successful introductions to the Tulsa bullpen since they both joined last week.

Visalia 4, Modesto 0

The Nuts wasted a good start from Ben Alsup, who allowed just one earned run over seven innings, on six hits while striking out six. Two other runs scored off of Alsup, as this time it was the Rockies affiliate's turn to demonstrate poor defense as two runs scored on a fielding error by Brian Humphries in the 7th inning. Niko Gallego also committed an error. Leuris Gomez allowed the final Visalia run in the first of his two innings of relief.

As one may expect, the offensive box score in a shutout leaves little of interest. Taylor Featherston's double was the only extra base hit for Modesto, and he struck out in his other three at bats. Harold Riggins and David Kandilas each reached twice, via single and walk. Tim Smalling and Juan Crousset were the only Nuts not to be retired via the strikeout during the game.

Asheville: Postponed

The Tourists once again lost their game to the Southern Summer weather.